The basics of writing good directions and recipes.

You might think writing directions and/or recipes is easy. Well trust me, it is not, and when improperly done, the end result almost always suffers. While most people do pretty well in directions to a location, most people do not do well writing directions for a task, as in recipe.

So staying in true form to our no multi page click or long obnoxious article, we will give it to you your way. The short list first, then you can read on for more in depth coverage if you like.

7 tips to help you write better recipes.

  1. Assume the user only knows the absolute basics of the task at hand.
  2. Be consistent in how you notate, punctuate, abbreviate, and capitalize letters.
  3. Keep sentence based instructions concise, brief and familiar.
  4. Never use slang or local dialect.
  5. Be precise when listing ingredients, products and tools.
  6. Avoid putting too many steps in a single notion.
  7. Combine associated steps into a single notation.

  HM. Use common subject matter for reference.

So for those that like to read long articles, you may proceed. As for the rest of y’all, thanks for reading, hope we see ya again real soon.

Ok, so we will take it from the bottom to the top.

Honorable Mention.

Use common subject matter for reference.

While this doesn’t really come up that much, it does deserve a mention regardless. A prime example of this is color shades. Often times in recipes items are described with color. Use common items for association, not hex code color, hair dye colors or local vernacular.  Roux is a great example to use for this.

UNCOMMON

Meanwhile in another skillet heat your butter and bacon fat over medium-high heat, whisk in flower, stirring till you get a nice saddle brown.

UNCOMMON

Meanwhile in another skillet heat your butter and bacon fat over medium-high heat, whisk in flower, stirring till till its about as dark as Bushwick lake.

COMMON

Meanwhile in another skillet heat your butter and bacon fat over medium-high heat, whisk in flower, stirring till about the shade of peanut butter.

COMMON

Meanwhile in another skillet heat your butter and bacon fat over medium-high heat, whisk in flower, stirring till about the shade of coffee.

Next Week: #7 Combine associated steps into a single notation.